GREEN BAY – Asked about the Jets’ defense he’s preparing the Packers to face this week, interim head coach Joe Philbin didn’t take long to get around to safety Jamal Adams.
“Their safety really jumps off the tape,” Philbin said on Wednesday, referring to Adams, the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. “No. 33 is excellent. He’s all over the place. They use him everywhere.
“They’ll turn him loose at times. We’re going to have to be ready to handle him.”
Adams makes an impact for the Jets in so many different areas. He’s approaching 100 tackles on the season, plus he’s recorded 3½ sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception among 12 passes defensed.
The former LSU standout anchors a back end of New York’s defense that includes veteran cornerback Trumaine Johnson, a big free-agent signing last year.
The notable name up front is fourth-year pro Leonard Williams, another sixth overall pick in the draft (2015). He has just three sacks this season, but he’s approaching 20 quarterback hits for the third time in his four seasons in the league.
“He catches your eye quite a bit,” Philbin said.
As for the Packers’ offense, Philbin said the hope is quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ groin injury from last week won’t hold him back at all this week, but no final decision has been made on his availability.
“We always take the week to see where everybody’s at,” Philbin said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “I’m hopeful he’s going to practice and hopeful he’s going to play. It’s a little early to say exactly where everybody’s at.”
Packers.com will have more following practice and locker room interviews.